Friday, February 29, 2008

ACFW Book Club Voting!

I'm a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book Club. We read and discuss a book each month, and we're about to vote for the book we'll be reading in May.

I entered my book in the running, and it's on the ballot! Of course, my book is up against my good friend Cheryl Wyatt's wonderful book. And also in the running is Ruth Axtell Morren's book, which I'm sure is excellent. So I feel sheepish drumming up votes! But if you're already a member, I'd appreciate your vote. If you're not a member yet (it's free, so why wouldn't you?!), you can join by sending a blank email to: acfwbookclub-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

I hope you'll join and vote! Voting ends March 15.

Missy

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Posting on F.A.I.T.H. Today.

I'm posting a challenge on the F.A.I.T.H. blog today. I hope you'll stop by and take me up on the challenge!

Missy

P.S. Blogger Spell check is finally working again!! :)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Guest Blog Interviews this Week

I'll have two more blog tour stops this week. I hope you'll come on over and visit! First, I'll be at my friend Jane's blog, The Cozy Reader, on Tuesday. Jane is another pastor's wife in our North Georgia Conference, and we've talked books for years. I think she's about as excited as I am over my book being released. :) So come chat with us on her blog Tuesday and get in her drawing for a copy of Her Unlikely Family.

Then on Wednesday, I'll be at the Readin N Writin with Patricia blog. I just learned she's also a pastor's wife! I guess this is like a reunion week. :)

On Saturday, I'll have an interview posted on Shirley Kiger Connolly's site, so please stop by there as well!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Okay, I'm slow. I was tagged on Monday by Jess Ferguson, and I'm just now playing.

Here are the rules: Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating! Find page 123. Find the first 5 sentences. Post the next 3 sentences. Tag 5 people.

Here's my nearest book, the one I'm currently reading... Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure.

And here are the the 8th-10th sentences (if I've read the directions correctly).

"It's simply a heart thing, Briana. All you have to do is acknowledge you're a sinner and that Jesus is your Savior. Then simply ask him to come into your heart and be Lord of your life. ..."

Wow, that was cool to have those be the sentences. :)

I'm not going to tag anyone right now but may do so later. Or if you want to participate, let us know in the comments and we'll come check it out.

Since I'm already talking about books I'm reading, I want to invite you to hop over to the F.A.I.T.H. blog. I've posted today with a poll aksing what you've just read, what you're reading, and what's in your TBR pile. So please come let us hear from you!

Missy

Monday, February 18, 2008

Posting in Seekerville Today!

I hope you'll stop by Seekerville and say hello. I'm posting today about the plank in my eye. (Gotta come read to find out what that means in relation to contests and submissions!) :)

Also, this week in Seekerville, one winner will receive a copy of Only Uni by Camy Tang and a $10 Amazon gift certificate! One runner-up will receive a copy of Only Uni. Come visit to see the rules.

www.seekerville.blogspot.com

Missy

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fun Book Signing Plus Progress on Next Story

I had such a great time Thursday evening. My husband and I were guests at the local Kiwanis Club Valentine dinner. Following the meal, I did the program, speaking about the experience of my first Love Inspired sale. They were a great audience, and had lots of fun questions.

Then I was suprised to find out our local bookseller, Tom Vail with Corner Bookstore, had sent books for a signing! I was thrilled to be able to have the impromptu event. (Well, impromptu for me. Dewey Bentley, who'd invited me, had arranged it ahead of time.) It was a great night. And to top it off, they gave me a box of chocolates as a gift!

As you see in my blog title, I mention progress on my next story. I've been so frustrated because the writing has been slow and difficult lately. But this weekend, my husband and children went to visit grandparents. I had total peace and quiet most of Friday (the kids were out of school), all last night, then most of today. By the time they returned at dinner time today, I had written about 8000 words (6400 of them today)! I'm thrilled. I may just finish the story this weekend! :)

Let me also add here that my spellcheck doesn't seem to work in Blogger anymore. Has anyone else had that problem? Or have I accidentally turned something off? The little button is still up on the menu bar, but it doesn't do anything when I click on it. (So I apologize for all spelling errors for the last few weeks!)

Missy

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Update! Contest Today!!

We're holding a contest at the F.A.I.T.H. blog today! Come over and find out how to enter to win a copy of Her Unlikely Family and chocolate!

www.writingbyfaith.blogspot.com

Missy

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Day

The day of love and romance is fast approaching. Have you remembered your loved ones? I just love picking out valentines and candy for my family. I bought them as soon as the grocery store put it out several weeks ago! I can't wait to give it to them.

Even if you don't have a significant other, be sure to remember your friends and family. A nice card. A flower. And don't forget, a little chocolate goes a long way! If fact, a little birdie on my shoulder told me I may be getting some chocolate from my husband. (Okay, I admit I peeked when I brought in a package from the front porch with the strip of Godiva tape around the box and the Godiva label.) :)

How are you celebrating?

Hop over the the F.A.I.T.H. blog on Thursday. I'll be posting there.

And come by the Seekerville blog on Monday the 18th. It'll be my day to post again.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Missy

Sunday, February 10, 2008

We Have a Winner for Lethal Deception!

Melody, congratulations on having your name drawn to win a copy of Lethal Deception! I've emailed you to get your mailing adress.

Thank you to all who entered the drawing!

Please check back later to see photos from my first book signing. I hope to have them posted early in the week.

Missy

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Come Meet Lynette Eason!


I'm so pleased to welcome my friend, Lynette Eason, here today. She and I sold our first Love Inspired books one week apart so are both holding blog tours right now. Today we're doing a blog swap! Please be sure to leave a comment with your contact info to have your name put in a drawing for a copy of Lethal Deception!

Missy: I can't wait to read your book!

Lynette: Thanks! I found yours in WalMart yesterday and bought it!


M: Can you give us the cover blurb?

L: Who wanted her DEAD? Having rescued Cassidy McKnight from kidnappers in South America, Gabriel Sinclair thought his job was done. Not that the former NAVY SEAL could ever forget the brave, beautiful single mother. But when the danger followed her home, Gabe promised to protect her. Why anyone would want to kill Cassidy was a mystery. Was the motive related to the orphaned toddler Cassidy was raising, a sweet little girl who brought out the father figure in maverick Gabe? Or did a newly revealed family secret have killer consequences?

M: It sounds so good! I know from hearing your other book ideas that you have great suspense threads through your plot (such a scary, devious mind!). Since I assume you live a pretty calm, normal life, how do those ideas come to you?


L: CALM? NORMAL? What’s that? No, I live a pretty ordinary life it there is such a thing. I get my ideas from everywhere. A TV show, a newspaper article, something my kid says (scary, I know), etc. I just try to pay attention and if something catches my writer sense, I try to make a one liner out of it. For example, with Lethal Deception, I was in the DMV waiting my turn, waiting, and waiting, and I thought to myself, this place is a jungle! Then my imagination took over and the little two-year-old screaming her head off in front of me became the daughter of a missionary couple who’d been killed while in Brazil. She was at an orphanage waiting for her guardian, Cassidy McKnight, to come and pick her up. But then…and I just went on with that scenario.


M: Oh, wow! That's so cool that the idea came while standing in line. It seems that with writing suspense you'd have to be a plotter. How extensive is your plotting, or do you just fly by the seat of your pants?


L: Um, both. Is that possible? As a great writer friend of mine said, “I just throw things up against the wall and see what sticks. I use that and throw the rest away.” I do that a lot, then I sit down and write out a 6-8 page synopsis and see if I can actually turn it into a story, then I start the first chapter.


M: Is it hard to work in writing time while homeschooling your children?


L: Yes, it is, but homeschooling is something that I felt was the right thing to do for various reasons this year. We are looking into possibly sending them to a Christian school, especially if I keep selling and getting contracts. But they go to an afterschool karate place two days a week, so that gives me a few hours to write.


M: What's one thing most people wouldn't know about you?


L: MOST people would be surprised to learn that I’m very hard of hearing. I wear hearing aids! When I have the hearing aids on, most people wouldn’t notice a thing, when I take them off, I’m DEAF!


M: Yes, I do remember that you managed to sleep through the laughing and talking of us night owls on our writers retreat. :)


Can you tell us what it was like when you got The Call?


L: Surreal! I was at work and Krista called me to tell me they wanted to buy my book. Wow, it was absolutely unreal.


M: How long did you write before getting that call?


L: About 8 years.


M: You're writing romance, so readers might be curious to know what you would consider a really romantic date. What's your idea of the perfect Valentine's Day? (And maybe I'll share this with your hubby!)


L: An entire night alone with my computer???


M: LOL!


L: Um no, no, I’m just kidding. Ha. Seriously, If he were to get this REALLY nice hotel with room service and a spa that has in-room massages for couples and then a pedicure, a manicure and another massage focusing on carpal tunnel wrists. THEN, just wandering down the street of some historical town, window shopping, spending time together talking, etc. But I’m easy to please and will just settle for a dinner out and a movie. And it doesn’t even have to be out. Build a fire in the fireplace, cook me a pizza, put in a good movie and I’m a happy girl. I’m sooooooo NOT romantic. That’s just sad, isn’t it? HE’S the romantic one…ha.


M: My hubby is the romantic one, also. Hmm. What does that say about us? :)


Thanks so much for being here today, Lynette!


L: Thanks so much for doing this, Missy! You’re the best.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Book Sighting!


I've had emails from Arizona, Pennsylvania and Ohio that my book has been spotted on the shelves--Target, Walmart, Walgreen's. So I loaded up my whole family to go to Walmart today. My middle son ran ahead and was pointing at the shelf when we caught up. It was so thrilling to see it sitting there right beside Merrillee Whren's book! :) And all the other Steeple Hill books in a line down the row. Our Walmart usually carries 10 or 12 copies of the books, and there were 6 of mine and some of the other SH books, so they've been selling!


I'm going to post some photos here. We were lucky no one was in the area at the moment so we could take the shots. Above, me with my husband and my book! Next, me with my "baby" (the book). Below, my mom and dad came to town for the signing, so I took a photo with my mom. Also, below, me with my kids.

Be sure to stop by Camy Tang's blog on Monday. She interviewed me for my blog tour. One of the questions she asked me: If your children were dogs, what kind would they be and what would their names be? LOL Fun interview! Come see how I answered. :) Also, she's giving away books!



Also this coming week, I'll be giving away a book and have an interview posted on Margaret Daley's blog. So please stop by and say hello! I believe she'll be taking names for the giveaway all week, then will post the interview on Thursday. So please come by and say hello!


Also this week, Kit Wilkinson will be hosting me as her first author interview on her new blog, Romance in the Kitchen. I'll be sure to let you know what day that will be. So check out her blog! In my interview, I'll be sharing one of my favorite recipes. And believe me, it's easy!


Then on Thursday, my friend Lynette Eason and I will be doing a blog swap. We sold our first Love Inspired books a week apart and have the same editor. So it's been a fun journey together. Since we're both having blog tours, we thought we'd just pick a day and swap. :) So stop by her blog, Suspense with a Twist on Thursday. I'll be giving away a book there as well. Then pop back over here to read my interview with Lynette!

I hope to see you in Blog Land this week!


Missy

Friday, February 01, 2008

Radio Interview and Blog Review

I did my first radio interview today! It was at W.I.M.O. AM 1300. What fun. I was a nervous wreck when I arrived to do a LIVE, one-hour show! But the interviewer, Dottie Coffman, and radio host Hendry Miller, made me feel right at home. The time flew by, and they were kind enough to plug my local book signing coming up this Sunday. :)

If you look to the sidebar, you'll see I have a Blog Tour lined up. I may be adding more sites as I hear back from another blogger or two. Please stop by to visit and say hello. Most are interviews that'll be posted. And actually, today's blogger, Mary Connealy, posted a review of Her Unlikely Family, so come by if you'd like see what it's about. I'll be giving away copies of my book at most of the sites, so please be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the drawings. You can start today by commenting on Mary Connealy's blog! (Mary, did I mention that?) :)

Please check the schedule often. This Monday kicks off a busy blogging week for me!

Missy